The Port of Tarragona and Peru Chamber of Commerce in Spain organised a work conference today aimed at the Port community, and focusing on learning and exchanging experiences with Peruvian ports. The event was held in the Tarragona Port Authority’s Functions Room, with the presence of the chairman of the Port of Tarragona, Josep Andreu, the chairman of the Peru Chamber of Commerce in Spain, Pedro Velarde, the chairman of APPORTT, Andreu Suriol, Tarragona City Council’s head of Education, Employment and Economic Promotion, Francesc Roca, and the consul general of Peru in Barcelona, Franca Deza.
Under the title 'Peru: Business Opportunities and Investment in Capital Goods, the conference has been organised with the aim of studying and jointly disseminating business and commercial opportunities that can benefit both territories. Peru's free trade agreements with the EU, customs, the country's main financial and tax features, and the opening up of the capital goods sector, occupied much of the planned programme.
The chairman of the Port of Tarragona, Josep Andreu, opened the session by expressing his desire to demonstrate the process of internationalisation in which the Port is immersed, and highlighted the close commercial relationships that the Port infrastructure maintains with the countries of Central and South America, "and with today’s event and the exchange of know-how and experiences, we hope to strengthen the links between the Port of Tarragona, our Port community and Peru".
For his part, Pedro Velarde explained to attendees the lines of work of the Peru Chamber of Commerce in Spain. In turn, the chairman of APPORTT took the opportunity of this conference to stress the value of the Port of Tarragona’s infrastructure in a global market as a gateway to the world and to the rest of Europe.
Francesc Roca, Tarragona City Council’s Head of Economic Development, emphasised that "Tarragona and Peru share several points in common, including particularly an extensive and valuable human capital which makes it possible to continue growing in terms of know-how, experiences and challenges." Lastly, the Ambassador of Peru pointed out that ‘Peru is in many ways a country of opportunities, but also one of challenges. We in the government are working to make our country a more modern, fair and just one. And for this reason the development of the national infrastructure is vital, and in this respect we hope and believe that the Port of Tarragona can become a major partner, providing us with their know-how and sharing opportunities."